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Bass Guitar:
Mapping the Bass Fingerboard


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Guitar players who are primarily used to acoustic or electric six-string fingerboards usually find themselves with questions about fingerboard note layout when they grab a four-string bass.

The bass is however a very straight-forward instrument since it is simply the; 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd strings of a six-string guitar. If a guitarist has even simple principles of six-string guitar neck layout under their belt, the four-string bass will be a breeze to begin to understand.


In my video lesson I cover how the four-string bass neck layout can be mapped in a similar way we have mapped the six-string guitar fingerboard to practice scales. The string layout from the thickest string to the thin, is; E, A, D, G. See first positition diagram below:



Bass Neck Map
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Bass Neck Blank
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